Candidate Survey Results

General Info

Ron Dupuis

Mayor

Transportation


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Ensuring all citizens have access to affordable and effective forms of transportation and have options for transportation. There are so many areas in the city to connect that we need to work together to create solutions to ensure everyone has access.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
My priority is to ensure all citizens have access to public transportation.

* Above includes answer to Top Public Question 3. What are you going to do to enhance walking, bicycling and transit usage in Greater Sudbury over the next 4 years?


Level of support for:

(a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure
I will vote in favour
(b) Adopting a Complete Streets Policy that details how to implement streets that are designed for all users
I will vote in favour
(c) Improvements in transit service and fares to meet the needs of citizens
I will vote in favour
(d) Implementation and coordination of Transportation Demand Management
I will vote in favour
Explanation:
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Water Quality


Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
Ice fishing is one area that leaves a lot of human waste and we need to protect our lakes. We need to make sure that we have boat wash stations at our lakes to keep the blue green algae from being spread between lakes.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
As Mayor I will bring this forward to council and look at banning ice fishing on Ramsey Lake as well as installation of the boat washing stations.

* Above includes answer to Top Public Question 1. What plan do you have to protect and sustain our many lakes? What actions will you take to support your plan? What resources will you devote?


Level of support for:

(a) Requiring larger shoreline buffers
I will champion that
(b) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to complete priority watershed and subwatershed studies
I will champion that
(c) Rejecting development in floodplains and wetlands
I will vote in favour
(d) Adopting higher standards for storm water management, and expanded capacity in vulnerable areas
I will vote in favour
(e) Support for the Vermilion River Stewardship’s opposition of proposed modified run-of-river hydroelectric dams on the Vermilion River
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Natural Environment


Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
It can be done with public consultations and the developer wanting to maintain as much of a natural environment as possible. The two can be balanced and it can become the expected norm within our city.

2. How will you champion opportunities in your ward to fill gaps in parks service and to protect unique natural areas (identified by the Green Space Advisory Panel)?
)? I have been a champion of park service and will continue to advocate for preserving natural areas. For example the Joe MacDonald park on Lasalle Blvd was being looked at for other uses and I supported the park project with my HCI funds for two years to ensure the project was completed.


Level of support for:

(a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to implement the green space acquisition strategy
I will champion that
(b) Policies in the Official Plan to recognize and protect important natural areas
I will vote in favour
(c) Removing the “Laurentian link” road from the Official Plan transportation schedule
I will vote in favour
(d) Re-assessing proposed roads on the Transportation Schedule that impact natural areas
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Local Food


Local Food Survey Responses:

1. How do you see the city’s role in food system sustainability, access to local food, and the connection to health?
? I personally buy local produce, I enjoy being able to purchase corn the same day it was picked and I want to make sure citizens of Sudbury have access to all the nutritious foods grown right in our city.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
I think there is room to grow our local farmers market and support our local food producers. I enjoy the celebrations held around the city each fall and would continue to support the development of local food awareness projects. The community garden projects across the city have seen great success and I would like to support the expansion of these initiatives.

* Above includes answer to Top Public Question 2. What is your commitment to encourage a local food economy?


Level of support for:

(a) A food action plan for the city
I will vote in favour
(b) Developing targets for procurement of local food in municipal institutions
I will vote in favour
(c) Providing support for urban agriculture initiatives
I will vote in favour
(d) Expanding the amount of land preserved for agricultural use and avoiding incompatible use
I will vote in favour
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Citizen Engagement


Citizen Engagement Survey Responses:

1. How will you ensure that community consultation is done effectively and openly, with productive dialogue from start to finish for municipal projects and decisions?
I am firmly committed to open government policies and engaging citizens and community groups in all aspects of community planning.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
I plan to engage council and city staff in team building exercises within the first 2 months of being elected. Council and staff need to be aware of their roles and responsibilities so they can work effectively together to serve the people of Sudbury.


Level of support for:

(a) Adopting an enhanced system for resolving all issues and complaints, including tracking numbers and prescribed timelines
I will champion that
(b) Requiring proactive engagement of citizens and stakeholder groups when forming policies and developing projects
I will champion that
(c) Requiring agendas and background material to be publicly posted two weeks in advance, and minutes to be posted one week after meetings of Council and Committees of Council
I will vote in favour
(d) Providing timely, fair and transparent support to citizens and citizen groups for community projects that contribute to the community
I will champion that
(e) Ensuring easily accessible, complete and searchable information on the City website
I will champion that
Explanation:


Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

What actions should the municipality take to reduce carbon emissions and improve community resilience in the face of climate change?
I would consult with our community experts to establish policies and guidelines in regards to climate change. This is a very large issue to discuss and as a city we have been internationally recognized environmental leaders for land reclamation for decades and we need to continue this momentum moving forward with our environmental policies.